Appropriate food packaging

Appropriate Food Packaging is a practical manual covering basic choices of packaging alternatives and what factors should influence the food and beverage processor’s packaging choice. It is an excellent first reference for small and medium producers of food and beverage products for local markets.
The book might be particularly useful in the Appropriate Food Packaging is a practical manual covering basic choices of packaging alternatives and what factors should influence the food and beverage processor’s packaging choice. It is an excellent first reference for small and medium producers of food and beverage products for local markets.
The book might be particularly useful in the following cases:

  • To reduce notoriously high rates of post harvest spoilage in developing countries.
  • In countries like Mozambique, Angola, Congo, Sudan, which have recently been devastated by war and where the only processed or packaged products available are currently imported or produced by transnational companies.
  • With increased urbanisation, in some African countries, cattle are driven into cities in the cool of the night, then immediately slaughtered and distributed for sale as meat on the same day. But this – and other similar ways of handling other perishable products – are becoming impractical as African cities expand.
  • For any person who wants to start producing processed foods/beverages but doesn’t know much about packaging and needs a good primer in the basics of packaging and distribution.
    The book’s practicality is reflected by the fact that it deals with food products that are suitable for small scale processing and points out those which are not really suitable. For instance it draws the distinction between acidic or dry products and low-acid products. The different types of packaging material available are examined as well as small filling and labelling equipment.
    The authors also supply some obvious, although important, advice on not skimping on label design costs.
    Contact: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) of the Netherlands: P O Box 173, 6700ADwageningen, Netherlands